Blog Spam

by Scott Austin March 19, 2012

Unbelievable, its the only way to describe it.

I've had this blog up for a little over a month.  I've only broadcast through my twitter account which has a very small following.  This blog doesn't show up on the first page of Google for 'Scott Austin' nor "ScottAustin'.  Alexa has this blog ranked 3.5M in the world with no links in.  In other words, my blog has had a very meager/humble start.

Yet that has not prevented it from getting a high volume of spam.  I've already had over 30 comments that were spam.  Unfortunately, I've had no real comments.  I'm impressed that these spammers have found this site.  I'm amazed that they'll spend the time and effort to get a link to their site posted from my site.  It would certainly not help their page rank as my site has no ranking yet.  I can only assume that they are using automated bots.  I certainly hope no one is wasting their personal time on this effort. I'm using WordPress (yea for free software) for my blog.  The software easily allows me to moderate content.  So, I get an email when a comment is posted with links to other sites (a common tactic of spammers).  I then check out the comment and determine if it is spam.  It's pretty easy to see if it is spam.  Many of the comments have ridiculous grammar.  Others are completely unrelated to the topic.  Here's an example comment:

'One other important issue is that if you are a mature person, travel insurance with regard to pensioners is something you need to really think about. The more aged you are, the greater at risk you will be for allowing something undesirable happen to you while overseas. If you are certainly not covered by some comprehensive insurance policy, you could have many serious problems. Thanks for giving your good tips on this blog site.'

Other's a little more subtle, but too generic.  Like this:

'Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a very well written article. I'll be sure to bookmark it and return to read more of Fiverr - Scott Austin | Scott Austin . Thanks for the post. I'll certainly comeback.'

Anyways, I didn't realize that my blog would require me to actively manage spam comments on a daily basis.  I'd love to say that's the price of success, but where's the success?  Thankfully though, the WordPress tools make it easy to do.
Scott Austin
Scott Austin